Kyrgios slams Thiem, Zverev and Djokovic: ‘None of you have the intellectual level to understand’

andrewhendrie in News 08 Jul 2020
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Nick Kyrgios (AAP Image/Scott Barbour)

Nick Kyrgios has again unleashed on his fellow star tennis players, saying Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem don’t have the ‘intellectual level’ to comprehend the problems he has with their behaviour throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Dominic Thiem (PA Images)

Kyrgios has already had plenty to say on Djokovic and Zverev partying during, and in the German’s case after, the Adria Tour, which saw four players test positive for COVID-19.


However, the Aussie has now shot back at Thiem, who called out Kyrgios on Tuesday. The Austrian questioned why Kyrgios felt the need to ‘interfere’ when Zverev was caught partying in France despite promising to self-isolate after the Adria Tour.

Thiem also said it was ‘bad luck’ that Zverev was filmed partying as he continued to defend his friend despite the German’s reckless actions.

“He was also tested negatively, only his mistake was that he first wrote the statement and then had the bad luck of being filmed at the party,” Thiem said.

“But I don’t like the way people criticise him. He is treated as if he were an elementary school child. But he’s a 23-year-old man. Sure, he made a mistake – but I don’t understand why everyone is getting involved.”

Kyrgios wasn’t happy to say the least, taking to Twitter to share his thoughts on the matter – and he didn’t hold back.

“What are you talking about @ThiemDomi? Mistakes like smashing rackets (sic)? Swearing? Tanking a few matches here or there? Which everyone does?” Kyrgios said in response. “None of you have the intellectual level to even understand where I’m coming from. I’m trying to hold them accountable.”

A few minutes later, Kyrgios took another shot at Djokovic and Zverev, also grouping Thiem in with the pair.

“This just shows what a joke @ThiemDomi, @AlexZverev & @DjokerNole think this is,” he said.

“Two of them partying like potato’s (sic) during a global pandemic. People losing lives, loved ones and friends, and then Thiem standing up for the ‘mistake’.

“These guys are the ‘top’ of our sport. SMH [shaking my head].”

Kyrgios has been a vocal critic of his fellow players during the COVID-19 pandemic and has also taken aim at the ATP and USTA, who are planning to stage the US Open in New York at the end of August.